La Flor Dominicana is proud to announce the release of the 707 Ligero. The 707 Ligero is a full-bodied blend of Dominican filler and binder wrapped in an aged Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Measuring in at 7 x 70 the 707 Ligero will be largest ring gauge regular production cigar we have ever produced. The 707 Ligero will be presented in (10) count boxes and will have an MSRP of $10.50 per cigar and $105.00 per box. The 707 Ligero will begin shipping to Premium Cigar Retailers nationwide the week of December 15, 2014.
Recently I stumbled across an impressive artist and craftsman on eBay who does cigar-themed artwork. I loved Darrel Morris’ work instantly and knew straight away I wanted to do a feature on him here on Cigar Inspector. When I got in touch with him, I discovered he is also an affable, pleasant fellow who is more than happy to be featured. He’s even willing to give away two prints to readers! Please see details at the end of the post.
Who is Darrel Morris? Darrel is a fellow cigar enthusiast, and a dedicated artist who has pursued his creative passions since childhood. As he states on his bio, “It is an obsession. I studied art formally for five years and explored many media, but I always come back to the monochromatic techniques. It is, for me, the best way to express pure form, without the distraction of color.” His favorite medium? Scrimshaw. If you aren’t familiar with the term, scrimshaw is artwork engraved into bone or ivory. Morris first started working on scrimshaw pieces in 1987 while he was working in a cutlery shop. He won a competition at the 1989 Knife Expo. Very cool.
In terms of expressing pure form, Darrel has done an incredible job representing the pure form of the premium cigar! Just check out these remarkable drawings. He’s really managed to capture the complex textures on a cigar wrapper. The veins, the tooth, even the oily sheen are all represented here. His Tatuaje Still Life with Skull and Pasíon are both beautiful symbolic pieces.
I absolutely love what Darrel has to say about the premium cigar industry: “In a time when Corporate America seems to have lost its way, the cigar industry is a shining example of what business should be.” Amen to that. There are not a lot of industries these days which are dedicated to quality over quantity, long-term success over short-term profits, and building personal relationships with customers. The cigar industry continues to focus on excellence in their craft—these companies embody the same values of fine artistry that Darrel himself does. It is easy to see why Darrel’s impressive skills pair so nicely with his passion for cigars.
I highly recommend checking out Darrel’s full portfolio of works (have a look at the amazing cigar cutters). You can purchase Darrel’s work here on his eBay page. And of course, Darrel is available for custom work.
Now, on to the contest! Darrel is willing to give away a print from his portfolio to two of our readers. In order to enter, just leave a comment on this post in the comments area below. You can tell us what's your favorite print and why, for example. Don't forget to check "Sign me up for the newsletter" (if you aren't subscribed yet) in order to be informed of our future contests. If you have noticed, we've been running weekly for a few weeks now and there are even more planned!
Last week we reviewed the Screwpop Cigar Punch 2.0 and we had three punches to give away to our readers courtesy of Brett from Screwpop Tools.
We've had around 100 participants and the randomly chosen winners are: Lance Besore, Jason (23:30 comment) and Steve (19:34 comment)! You'll receive an e-mail with details on how to claim your prize.
Thanks Brett and the Screwpop Tools!
When you take a look at the label on the Jim Beam “Devil’s Cut,” you’ll read the following:
“As Bourbon Ages, the Angel’s Share is Lost to Evaporation. The Devil’s Cut is Trapped in the Barrel Wood – until Now.”
This bourbon hit the market in 2011. The cute name is a reference to the aging process of the whisky in the barrel. As with any liquid, part of the whisky evaporates. This lost whisky is often called the “angel’s share.” The longer a whisky ages, the greater the share that goes to the angels and not to us poor mortals. Whisky isn’t just lost to the air though; it also gets soaked into the barrel.
Jim Beam claims to have perfected an extraction process to get this absorbed whisky back out of the wood and into our glasses. After extracting the whisky from the barrel, they mix it in with some six-year-old Jim Beam bourbon and sell it at 90 proof as the Devil’s Cut. They say they use a “proprietary process,” but it isn’t particularly clear what this means. There are actually some fairly simple methods for doing this which have been in use for … well, pretty much forever, the most common being “swishing” or “Barrel sweating,” which isn’t particularly proprietary. Amusingly enough, this product came out the same year as an 86.6-proof bourbon called Angel’s Envy.
Getting along with things, the Devil’s Cut is a medium warm brown liquid in the bottle; it isn’t quite reddish enough that I would call it “amber.” Opening the bottle, I smell charred oak and some kind of nut, probably almond. There is also some sweetness, maybe brown sugar or toffee. I am also catching a hint of banana.
Now on to the tasting. The first thing I am getting on the palate tastes very sugary, almost like root beer. There is some vanilla here as well as that charred oak and some peppery spices. Something in here reminds me distinctly of fall or winter, a kind of holiday flavor—probably cinnamon or nutmeg, or both. The sweetness goes out before the long finish—and it is a long finish. The oak lingers for a good long time along with a hint of bitter toffee, if that is possible. The spices are still there too, and now I think I detect clove as well. All in all, a very nice whisky bourbon for around $20, especially if you are a fan of oak (what can you expect, with a whisky extracted from a barrel?).
Summary: Jim Beam “Devil’s Cut” Kentucky Straight
Colour: Warm, medium brown, almost amber.
Nose: Charred oak, almond, toffee or brown sugar, banana.
Palate: Charred oak, toffee or brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, clove.
Last year, Brett from Screwpop Tools sent me a tiny cigar accessory called the Screwpop Cigar Punch. It’s perfect for anyone who loves pairings, because you can use it as both a cigar punch and a bottle opener. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket, but also can conveniently be clipped to belt loops or anything else.
Brett just recently sent me the new, upgraded Screwpop Cigar Punch 2.0, which I was very excited to try since I liked the first one so much. This new version of the tool is very much the same as the original, with a few minor differences. It’s larger, heavier, and appears more solid. The punch also seems slightly larger in diameter. It’s more expensive than the original Screwpop ($14.95 as opposed to $7.95). The blade is just as sharp and the punch cuts are perfect. I found the bottle opener rather easy to use, but I remember having to try a couple times with the original to learn what I was doing. Still, one should note that the process is not as smooth as with a regular bottle opener.
Which do I like better? I’m not really too sure; they both work great. It’s a matter of individual preference whether you want a heavier or lighter tool. You might take the cigars you smoke into consideration too. The original punch was already slightly too large for some petit coronas, and this one is even larger. So think about the ring gauge you usually smoke, and make a decision based on that. Another thing to note is the fact that the 2.0 version has a way to clear out the punch after use, which was lacking in the original version.
Now … onto the giveaway! Courtesy of Screwpop Tools, we’re giving away three of these handy little cigar accessories to our readers! To enter, just leave a comment on this post. What's your favorite type of cutter and why?
In one week, the winners will be randomly selected. You may enter this contest from any country.
Origin : Cuba
Format : Robusto
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm (4.9 x 50)
Ring : 50
Box date : SEP 2011
Weight : 11.66 g
Price : ~$230 for a cab of 25
More info about purchasing Juan Lopez cigars...
The Juan Lopez brand is definitely not among the most famous Cuban brands. This particular Juan Lopez Seleccion No. 2 is well aged; I purchased my box back in 2011. I tried the Seleccion No. 2 fresh out of the box then forgot about it, and wanted to see how the flavors have been enhanced by the aging process.
Last week we reviewed a cigar called Dominion Black Lotus and Steve Ricker, the owner of the company, was very kind to provide an ashtray and a couple of cigars to give away to a lucky reader of Cigar Inspector.
...and the randomly chosen winner is: Jay R.! Congrats, we just sent you an e-mail regarding the prize.
Thanks again to Steve, we wish Dominion a lot of success on this difficult market.
- Gotham Cigars - this year, Gotham has some traditional discounts (e.g. $10 off every order over $100, etc.), some interesting samplers, but my favorite deal is the buy 1 get 1 free sampler of Alec Braldey American Sungrown, one of our favorite cheap cigars. 10 cigars for $19.99, that's pretty good! (full list of deals here)
- Famous Smoke has something unusual this year. For every $150 order, a $40 Amex reward card is gifted. Click here for this promotion. I must admit it's quite easy to get those $150 with the samplers they have there, Oliva, Perdomo and best of 2014 look rather good!
- Cigars For .Me - just a few carefully selected box deals, including Undercrown! And 12% off the rest of the store.
- Cigar Federation - 20% off everything, free shipping over $40. Apply coupon code blackfriday20 here.
- Cheap Humidors - our favorite accessories shop has tiered discounts on Friday: 25% off from 4 AM to 7 AM (EST time), 20% off from 7 AM to 11 AM, 15% from 11 AM to 2 PM, and 10% off through the week-end Use code FRIDAY2014 here.
Spotted a nice cigar deal? Let us know in the comments area!